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Court Summary - at a glance
- Identify the risks associated with working at height in situations where work was being done on a single storey flat roof;
- Minimise the risk of working at height by isolating workers from the risk of a fall, for example through installing edge protection; and
- Ensure workers were trained in working at height and instructed in how the risk of working at height was to be controlled when a work task involved work at height
The Defendant was engaged to paint a block of flats. The flats were partially one storey, partially two stories in an ‘H’ shape. The middle section was one storey with a flat roof, and each end was two stories with a pitched rood. Each end of the first storey roof abutted the exterior walls of the second storey sections.
On the day of the incident, the victim, an employee of the Defendant, was tasked with washing down the second storey walls from the top of the single storey roof. While trying to un-snag a hose the victim was using, they misjudged their footing, stepping off the roof. The victim fell 2.8m down from the roof, through a glass table and onto the concreted ground below.
The victim suffered multiple complex facial lacerations and tissue loss from upper philtrum (top lip), requiring surgical intervention, and a fracture of the right radial head (elbow).